AMD has not contradicted anything in that article, and the numbers at least seem plausible.
I'm not expecting core for core or clock for clock performance to match SB, but clock speeds sound quite promising (even if their isn't a ton of OC headroom) and with 8 cores, total performance should be very impressive.
I'm not really worried about single threaded performance. A ~4GHz 1st gen Core i7/i5 or Phenom II has pretty much all the single threaded speed I really find useful.
Originally Posted by The_Punisher
I didn't know cache size was gonna be the same. So besides its ability to "overclock itself", how exactly is BD better?
Cache size isn't the same. Bulldozer has double the L2 per core, and more total L3 than earlier AMD chips.
Regardless, cache size isn't that big of an issue. It's a completely overhauled architecture, and would likely be considerably faster, even with less cache, unless AMD really messed something up.
Originally Posted by jammy4041
8MB L3 Cache =/= 8MB Cache.
On Intel it does, as Intel uses inclusive cache. Everything in higher cache levels has to be duplicated in the lower ones.
I believe AMD still uses an exclusive design, so you'd add all cache levels together to determine the size of the data that can be held on the CPU.